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At Risk of Being a Fool [Kindle Edition]

Jeanette Cottrell
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Book Description

Jeanie McCoy is a teacher, a wife, a sister, and a mother. The only problems are that she’s retired, her husband doesn’t remember her name, her sister is in Germany, and her two sons are on opposite coasts. Jeanie takes pride in her cheerful self-sufficiency. Her Puckish sense of humor is her strongest weapon.

Jeanie works part-time job at a GED program for high risk youth, spends hours every day at her husband’s memory loss facility, and sends chatty, humorous e-mails to her family. Her students are wary of her. Every one of them has a criminal record. They've got secrets of their own, and no do-gooder is going to get in their way.

A rash of pipe bombs appears in the area. Police suspicions rapidly zero in on her students. Two of them directly linked to the bombs. Jeanie worries about them, all the more as she stumbles over their secrets. Deep in her own heart, she clings to irrational belief of every teacher ever born: "MY kids wouldn't do that! Not MY kids."

But what if one of them DID?

"...Cottrell has a feel for realistic dialogue and the rare ability to make adolescent characters complex and interesting. She is also rapidly mastering the language of evil. That is, she knows how to get into the minds of people who are not exactly peaceful. "At Risk of Being a Fool" is a powerhouse book."
~ Dan Hays, Statesman Journal

"AT RISK OF BEING A FOOL is a fine amateur sleuth mystery complex, mesmerizing and entertaining"        
    Harriet Klausner, Reviewer


"Cottrell successfully blends a complex mystery with social commentary on troubled teens and the pain of Parkinson's. McCoy is a sympathetic character who, empowered by the empathy one wishes to see in all teachers, struggles against despair and loneliness by seeing to the needs of her students. The teenagers are as complicated as the plot, scary yet likeable, with not a cardboard stereotype among them. A commendable first mystery."
- Mary Welk, Mystery Scene Magazine

"I heartily recommend Jeanette Cottrell's AT RISK OF BEING A FOOL. It's a terrific book. The characters are well-drawn and the reader hopes for the best for them. It is a very well-written, interesting story, and the subject matter ought to be discussed. Rehabilitation is wonderful when it works and if it doesn't? Do good end results outweigh the bad? Read Ms. Cottrell's book and decide for yourselves." ~--Jaye Dee Tyrack, Reviewer, Gotta Write Network


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"...Cottrell has a feel for realistic dialogue and the rare ability to make adolescent characters complex and interesting. She is also rapidly mastering the language of evil. That is, she knows how to get into the minds of people who are not exactly peaceful. "At Risk of Being a Fool" is a powerhouse book."
~ Dan Hays, Statesman Journal

"AT RISK OF BEING A FOOL is a fine amateur sleuth mystery complex, mesmerizing and entertaining"        
    Harriet Klausner, Reviewer

"Cottrell successfully blends a complex mystery with social commentary on troubled teens and the pain of Parkinson's. The teenagers are as complicated as the plot, scary yet likeable, with not a cardboard stereotype among them. A commendable first mystery."
- Mary Welk, Mystery Scene Magazine

"I heartily recommend Jeanette Cottrell's AT RISK OF BEING A FOOL. It's a terrific book. The characters are well-drawn and the reader hopes for the best for them. It is a very well-written, interesting story, and the subject matter ought to be discussed. ~--Jaye Dee Tyrack, Reviewer, Gotta Write Network

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  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K2XDO8
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read May 15, 2013
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The main character, Jeanie, is a very likeable woman. She is an endearing woman who faces life's struggles with humor and compassion. Would recommend this book.
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More About the Author

Jeanette has published five books. At Risk of Being a Fool (hardback and paperback) draws heavily on her experience in teaching high-risk students. Her four fantasy novels (two of them for children) draw on other creatures she has known, such as dragons, unicorns, and rascally kids.

Jeanette teaches computer technology at a public high school in Oregon. She's taught for twenty-odd years (VERY odd years!), with computer cables strung around her neck for safe-keeping, and waving spare computer parts for emphasis. The endless energy of teenagers is contagious, fortunately. Also exhausting, but fun.

Her cat, Tammy, can't figure out why Jeanette devotes so much attention to her laptop computer. Fortunately, Tammy can sleep undisturbed on Jeanette's shoulders while she's typing more books. Apart from an occasional tail in the mouth, it works out. It's nice to be loved.

Jeanette's best advice for people who want to write books is to start small, with long, long letters to your sister a couple of times a month, and just keep doing it for twenty years. The thing about letters is that you write about daily events, anecdotes, or what someone said at work. You tell about all your ups and downs, and all that emotion just pours out because you know it's being read by someone who loves you. In those circumstances, it's amazing how easy writing can become!

Jeanette says: "Whatever you may do in your life, I wish you joy and laughter!"

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